Pop star Lady Gaga was presented with the fashion icon trophy at this year's Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) award ceremony.
The singer, well known for her outrageous outfits, was given the prize for "being a fashion revolutionary", the CFDA said.
"All of you made me feel like a star before I was," Gaga told the audience at New York's Lincoln Center.
There were also prizes for photographer Arthur Elgort and designer Marc Jacobs.
Elgort, best known for his work on the fashion magazine Vogue, was presented with the special tribute award for his "impact on photography and fashion".
The Geoffrey Beene lifetime achievement award went to Jacobs.
"This achievement is born of love, passion, creativity and a hell of a lot of hard work," the 48-year-old designer said.
"I believe we all know and feel the greatest reward is the process itself."
'Spotlight on fashion'
There were also prizes for designers Michael Bastian and Alexander Wang, who were named best menswear designer and top accessories designer respectively.
Actress Naomi Watts presented the best womenswear honour to Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler.
Rapper Kanye West presented the international design prize to Phoebe Philo of Celine.
The Telegraph's fashion journalist Hilary Alexander received the The Media Award, given in honour of fashion writer Eugenia Sheppard.
"There is no other event that puts the spotlight on American fashion like The CFDA Fashion Awards," said Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director.
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